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  • FLOTUS: Obesity 'Absolutely' Greatest Threat To National Security

    09/13/2012 4:09:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | September 12, 2012 | Breitbart TV
    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2012/09/12/FLOTUS-Obesity-Absolutely-Greatest-Threat-To-National-Security
  • NYC Soda Ban Approved: No More Sugary Drinks Over 16 oz For New York City

    09/13/2012 1:48:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Travelers Today ^ | Sep 13, 2012 12:57 PM EDT | Katie McFadden
    Sodas are about to get a lot smaller in New York City as Bloomberg's soda ban was officially approved. Several businesses will not be allowed to sell sugary beverages over 16 oz soon. On Thursday,New York City's Board of Health approved Mayor Michael Bloomber's plan to ban large sugary drinks. The proposal was approved in a 8-0 vote. One member, Dr. Sixto Caro abstained from voting. The unprecedented regulation, which was proposed in the spring, will apply to all restaurants, fast-food joints, delis, movie theaters, Broadway theaters, workplace cafeterias, sports stadium and food carts. All of these businesses will not...
  • NYC Board of Health passes big-soda crackdown rule

    09/13/2012 10:11:18 AM PDT · by matt04 · 57 replies
    New York City's health board has passed a rule banning super-sized, sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. The regulation passed Thursday puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas and other calorie-packed beverages. The ban will apply in fast-food joints, movie houses and Broadway theaters, workplace cafeterias and most other places selling prepared food. It doesn't cover supermarkets or most convenience stores. City health officials say the ban is necessary to combat a deadly obesity epidemic. The restaurant and beverage industries have assailed the plan as misguided. They say the city's...
  • Norland College Admits Its First Male Student. Would You Hire a Male Nanny?

    09/11/2012 11:59:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 10, 2012 | Lylah M. Alphonse
    For more than a century, Norland College in Bath, England, has trained young women to be elite caregivers to the world's wealthiest children. This year, though, the famous nanny school is taking on something new: a male student. Michael Kenny, 18, is the first young man to enroll in the elite school's Bachelors of Arts program in Early Childhood Studies, which they offer in association with the University of Gloucestershire.
  • AG Coakley OKs Concord plastic water bottle ban

    09/06/2012 12:59:57 PM PDT · by ex91B10 · 10 replies
    The Boston Herald ^ | September 5, 2012 | Ira Kantor
    It’s a watershed moment for Concord residents as single-serve plastic water bottles will be officially banned in the town, effective Jan. 1....state Attorney General Martha Coakley ruled that the controversial bylaw...does not violate state or constitutional law in any way.
  • Democrats Say We All Belong To Government Now

    09/05/2012 4:46:16 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 32 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | September 5, 2012
    Charlotte: A video shown at the Democratic National Convention proclaims "government is the only thing we all belong to." No wonder the Dem platform, like our president, doesn't mention our rights come from our Creator. In a night of revealing tributes, speeches and videos, this particular one stands out because it so perfectly embodies the overarching philosophy of the administration — that government is the entity from which all blessings flow and that should command our unquestioning obedience. The Democrats say, well, it was produced by the Charlotte host committee, not us — also typical of an administration that takes...
  • Mrs. Obama’s 2nd-Term Agenda: ‘Impact Nature of Food in Grocery Stores’

    09/04/2012 9:14:10 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 43 replies
    Asked by Parade magazine, "What do you hope to accomplish in your second term?” First Lady Michelle Obama said she wants to "impact the nature of food in grocery stores" with the aim of cutting sugar, fat and salt. “With 'Lets Move!,' our goal is to end the problem of childhood obesity in a generation,” Mrs. Obama said. “And while we’ve seen some very profound cultural shifts, we still have communities that don’t have access to affordable and healthy foods. We still need to find a way to impact the nature of food in grocery stores, in terms of sugar,...
  • It's the mild, mild West as state gets ban-happy

    09/03/2012 1:55:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/3/12 | Brooks Barnes and Michael Cieply, The New York Times
    LOS ANGELES – "Whatever it is, I'm against it!" Groucho Marx sang in a 1932 picture filmed on the Paramount lot here. Today's Southern Californians seem to agree. Once know for its sunny, freewheeling disposition, this region has long been as regulated as anywhere. Lately, however, cities, school districts and even libraries have been outlawing chunks of what used to pass for birthright at a startling clip. Bonfires on the beach? Sorry, Gidget: Newport Beach is waiting for permission from the California Coastal Commission to remove its long-cherished fire pits, which it banned this summer as health hazards. Newport's fleet...
  • 2 consenting adults and a cow ... Farmer's raw deal over raw milk scheduled for trial

    09/02/2012 4:47:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 42 replies
    WND.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    A trial that has become a symbol, in Wisconsin and across the U.S., of government criminalization of farmers for providing food directly to consumers has been rescheduled for January. But the delay from the previously scheduled September court date is expected to focus even more attention on the dispute that has dragged Wisconsin dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger to the court’s defendant’s table in the Sauk County Circuit Court, presided over by Judge Guy Reynolds. The state’s case against the Loganville farmer has him accused of four misdemeanor counts of violating Wisconsin’s food and dairy code. Officials with the Farm to...
  • Michelle Obama Presents Course: 'Supermarket Shopping 101'

    09/01/2012 10:31:48 AM PDT · by PROCON · 13 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Aug. 31, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    (CNSNews.com) - As part of her anti-obesity Let's Move campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama is now presenting a brief online course: “Supermarket Shopping 101.” The course, which now appears on the letsmove.gov website, provides novice shoppers with tips such as “steer clear of the cookie, snack and soda aisle.”
  • Child Not Allowed to Sign Name

    08/28/2012 6:59:15 PM PDT · by eagleye85 · 24 replies
    Eagleyeblog ^ | August 27, 2012 | Bethany Stotts
    A deaf three-year-old has been asked not to sign his name at school because it resembles a deadly weapon, according to 1011Now.com. “”It’s his name. It’s not like he’s going to bring a gun to school when he’s three years old,” Dana Schwieger told 1011Now.com. “Meantime, Hunter’s parents say that by Monday, lawyers from the National Association of the Deaf are likely to weigh in for Hunter’s right to sign his own name.” See the broadcast here: http://www.1011now.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=7652612.
  • Feds: Too few Americans ‘turn to government for assistance’ [Unbelievable!]

    08/27/2012 1:03:05 PM PDT · by upchuck · 33 replies
    examiner.com ^ | Monday, August 27,2012
    More Americans rely on their families for assistance than the government, so federal officials have undertaken an effort to help people to apply for federal assistance. “Given that only 15 percent of you turn to government assistance in tough times, we want to make sure you know about benefits that could help you,” USA.gov announced today. The ”government made easy’ website has created a “help for difficult financial times” page for people to learn more about the programs.The government got that statistic from a poll asking Americans what helps them the most during tough times. Here are the results: Savings...
  • Chicago Planning to Whip Employees into Shape

    08/27/2012 9:38:52 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 13 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Aug 2012 | John Semmens
    Employees of the City of Chicago are being given the opportunity to voluntarily sign up for a new “wellness” program. Those who don’t sign up will be assessed a $600/year penalty—a protocol remarkably similar to the “tax” levied by the IRS on those who fail to purchase insurance under Obamacare. Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised the program saying “it will change lives. Left on their own, too many people degenerate into massive blobs of flab. It is our job to see that this doesn’t happen.” The program will require employees to go through a physical and mental health assessment, comply with...
  • US court rejects graphic cigarette warnings

    08/25/2012 7:57:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 24, 2012 | Shaun Tandon (AFP)
    A US court on Friday shot down orders to slap graphic anti-tobacco messages on cigarette packs, saying the government overstepped its authority by trying to "browbeat" smokers into quitting. In line with campaigns in several other nations, the United States planned from September 22 to require images on cigarette packs including a man smoking through a hole in his throat and a body with chest staples on an autopsy table. In a 2-1 decision, the US Court of Appeals in Washington said that the images planned on cigarette packs were not necessarily false but they went beyond "pure attempts to...
  • State [CA] muscles grocers over plastic bags

    08/25/2012 10:06:37 AM PDT · by kevcol · 19 replies
    Cal Watchdog ^ | Aug 21, 2012 | Katy Grimes
    The plastic bag activists are at it again, and they are nothing, if not persistent. With the eleventh bill regulating plastic bags in less than 10 years, grocery stores don’t have a chance in California. Passed today by the Assembly, SB 1219, the latest plastic bag regulation bill, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, will require grocery stores to implement, manage, and report on the “At-Store Recycling Program” to the Cal Recycle state agency. . . “This bill is a really, really bad idea,” Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, said on the Assembly floor during debate Tuesday. “Plastics manufacturers are leaving the...
  • Embattled tanning industry fights back, taking its cues from Big Tobacco

    08/23/2012 10:57:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Open Channel (NBC News) ^ | August 23, 2012 | Bridget Huber (Fair Warning)
    A doctor in a white lab coat stands at the pearly gates. The voice of God booms, “And your good deeds?” The man responds, “Well, as a dermatologist, I’ve been warning people that sunlight will kill them and that it is as deadly as smoking.” His smug smile fades as God snaps, “You’re saying that sunlight, which I created to keep you alive, give you vitamin D and make you feel good, is deadly? And the millions of dollars you received from chemical sunscreen companies had nothing do with your blasphemy?” A bottle of SPF 1000 sunscreen materializes in the...
  • School Bans Coca-Cola at Football Games [and buttered popcorn and potato chips......]

    08/20/2012 11:02:35 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 87 replies
    School Bans Coca-Cola at Football Games Posted in Top Stories | 22 comments School Bans Coca-Cola at Football Games Aug 20, 2012 By Todd Starnes Attention high school football fans in Maine: B.Y.O.C. – Bring your own Coke. The Portland Public School system will no longer allow soft drinks to be sold on school property – including at high school football games. School officials are also banning the sale of gridiron staples like buttered popcorn and potato chips. Instead, football fans will be encouraged to nosh on baked tortilla chips, reduced fat string cheese and hummus. The total ban on...
  • Michelle Obama 'Guest Editor' for Website Featuring Sex Tips--Including from Prostitutes

    08/22/2012 8:03:32 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    Michelle Obama 'Guest Editor' for Website Featuring Sex Tips--Including from Prostitutes By Penny Starr August 22, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – First Lady Michelle Obama this week is serving as guest editor for iVillage.com, NBC’s “community of online women” that offers sexually explicit material, including graphic sex tips from prostitutes, “20 kinky things you SO can do,” and a list of “naughty” apps for mobile devices. iVillage A screen from iVillage, which is featuring First Lady Michelle Obama as a guest editor this week. Michelle Obama is identified as a “Guest Editor” on all of the website’s pages, including several titled “Love...
  • German Rabbi faces criminal charges over circumcision

    08/22/2012 11:32:32 AM PDT · by Jewbacca · 97 replies
    Jewish World ^ | 08/22/2012 | Ynet
    A German rabbi has been criminally charged for performing a circumcision, committing what the indictment calls "bodily harm," media outlets reported on Tuesday. The charges against David Goldberg, who is a mohel and the Rabbi of the city of Hof Saale in Bavaria, is the first known case following the anti-circumcision ruling issued by a German court in May.According to media reports, the charges were filed by a physician from the city of Hessen, and was based on the court ruling which stated that performing a religious circumcision ritual can be considered a crime. A Bavarian radio station reported that...
  • The Problem: Getting kids to buy Michelle Obama's healthy food

    08/21/2012 4:07:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | August 21, 2012 | Kristen Wyatt (AP)
    DENVER (AP) -- There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them. "We don't want healthy trash cans. We want kids who are eating this stuff," said Kern Halls, a former Disney World restaurant manager who now works in school nutrition at Orange County Public Schools in Florida. At a School Nutrition Association conference in Denver this summer, food workers heard tips about how to get children to make healthy food choices in the cafeteria.
  • Lawyers From Suits Against Big Tobacco Target Food Makers

    08/19/2012 7:20:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 18, 2012 | Stephanie Strom
    Don Barrett, a Mississippi lawyer, took in hundreds of millions of dollars a decade ago after suing Big Tobacco and winning record settlements from R. J. Reynolds, Philip Morris and other cigarette makers. So did Walter Umphrey, Dewitt M. Lovelace and Stuart and Carol Nelkin. Ever since, the lawyers have been searching for big paydays in business, scoring more modest wins against car companies, drug makers, brokerage firms and insurers. Now, they have found the next target: food manufacturers. More than a dozen lawyers who took on the tobacco companies have filed 25 cases against industry players like ConAgra Foods,...
  • Activists to take on Capitol Hill: Lay off our milk, lemonade

    08/18/2012 2:23:25 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 16, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Milk and lemonade may seem like the staples of youthful innocence, but on Saturday a group of activists hope to turn them into the tools of protests when they take to the Capitol to demand the government stop interfering in sales of fresh milk and stop shutting down kids’ lemonade stands. The Raw Milk freedom Riders and Lemonade Freedom Day, two separate groups that each want the government out of their transactions, are unifying their voices, saying that together they can drive home a message that the government should butt out. “This issue is not just about raw milk and...
  • LA Officials Consider Hiring Porn Film Condom Cop

    08/16/2012 7:06:44 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    AP) ^ | August 16, 2012 5:12 PM
    Dust off those resumes, the Los Angeles City Council may soon be looking for a condom cop. Earlier this year the council appointed a committee to study how a newly minted law requiring the use of condoms on some adult film sets could be enforced. After several meetings between police, representatives of the porn industry and other committee members, the city’s administrative officer issued a 47-page report Wednesday. Among its recommendations: contracting with a licensed medical professional who would conduct periodic inspections of film productions to make sure condoms are used. Other proposals include establishing a fee, the amount to...
  • Is Australia Prohibiting Branding on Packs of Cigarettes?

    08/16/2012 3:31:01 PM PDT · by OneVike · 16 replies
    News Blaze ^ | 8/16/12 | Mina Fabulous
    With the recent Australia's High Court dismissal of the appeal by tobacco companies against a law requiring all cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging, Australia is now on track to become the first country to prohibit branding on packs of cigarettes. Reports say Australia's court has dismissed a legal challenge from the tobacco industry targeting the Country's new restrictive tobacco marketing laws. The ruling means that from December 1 companies will be banned from displaying brand designs on cigarette packets. The packaging will require only olive-green packaging. Today, the World Health Organization strongly welcomed the "landmark" ruling.WHO Director-General...
  • New York voters unconvinced on Bloomberg health measures

    08/16/2012 4:22:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/16/12
    Two major public health initiatives pushed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a ban on the sale of large sugary drinks and a plan to encourage breast-feeding, are opposed by a majority of city voters, a Quinnipiac poll said on Thursday.
  • How the Affordable Care Act Reduces Our Liberty

    08/13/2012 5:34:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | August 10, 2012 | Chris Conover
    With one to two weeks left before most schools begin their fall semester, there’s still time left to squeeze in a bit more summer reading. So if healthcare policy is your idea of a beach read, grab a copy of Why Obamacare is Wrong for America. Authored by former OMB associate director Jim Capretta, American Enterprise Institute resident fellow Tom Miller, Heritage Foundation senior fellow Bob Moffit, and Galen Institute president Grace-Marie Turner, the book makes nuances of the debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA) palatable to a lay audience by breaking down the law into eight pillars. This...
  • When Did Milk Become Bad for You?

    08/13/2012 9:59:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Last week, as I entered Union Station Metro station in Washington, I saw ads for what appeared to be First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. It was a series of three ads, the first said: “Let’s move hot dogs out of school lunch.” Okay, fine, because, let’s face it, while hot dogs may be scrumptious and all-beef, they look like small batons of questionable meat. The second ad said: “Let’s move cheese out of school lunch.” I mean, I guess. Cheese, while a good source of calcium (and delicious), is not necessarily the healthiest thing in the world. I...
  • City: Christians can't give water to thirsty

    08/12/2012 7:55:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    WND.com ^ | August 10, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Phoenix officials have until next Friday to apologize for the actions of a code enforcement officer after he stopped Christians from giving out water bottles to city festival participants on a day that reached 112 degrees. A legal team that fights for religious and civil rights is also demanding a commitment that the city will no longer interfere with the Christian group’s acts of charity. According to a letter to the city from the Rutherford Institute, the case developed in July during a “First Friday” festival when Dana Crow-Smith was giving “free bottles of cold water to passersby” on the...
  • Feds Halt New Highways In Imperial County, Citing Air Pollution

    08/11/2012 12:13:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    KPBS.org ^ | August 10, 2012 | Adrian Florido
    SAN DIEGO — In a rare move, the federal government has put a stop to new highway projects in California's Imperial County as punishment for the county’s poor air quality. Effective Aug. 9, the Federal Highway Administration is withholding federal funding for new highways in the county. The county will also not be allowed to move forward on projects still being designed. Two years ago the Environmental Protection Agency told Imperial County it had 24 months to adopt new rules to improve air quality. Dust, pesticide use, the burning of agricultural fields and off-road vehicles make the air there among...
  • Healthier School Lunches Causing Headaches for Districts

    08/04/2012 4:46:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    Levittown Patch ^ | August 2, 2012 | Joe Dowd
    New federal demands for healthier school lunches are causing a summer scramble for Long Island school districts to meet the new demands. The real impact will likely be felt during the first weeks of school in September, when many kids begin to notice smaller portions of meat and increased portions of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Across the region, and the nation, districts are struggling with both the need to match new guidelines and to communicate the changes to parents and students. Districts are having to respond to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, championed by President Obama and First Lady...
  • New York takes further steps to encourage breastfeeding

    08/02/2012 11:17:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 86 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 1, 2012 | Reuters
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and state officials are pushing initiatives aimed at encouraging new mothers to breastfeed their babies, drawing criticism from some parents who say officials are interfering with their health choices. State health commissioners announced on Tuesday that letters highlighting the importance of breastfeeding were being sent to hospitals, reminding them of regulations limiting unnecessary formula feedings for breastfed newborns. The state initiative coincides with Bloomberg's call for hospitals to lock away their baby formula and have nurses encourage new mothers to breastfeed.
  • Politically damaging regulations held until after election

    08/01/2012 6:53:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    NetRight Daily ^ | August 1, 2012 | Rebekah Rast
    By Rebekah Rast — Call it an election strategy. President Obama is sitting on numerous regulations, coming from the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA), Agriculture Department and even those concerning worker safety that will likely have to wait for approval until after the elections. While it’s common to back off from pursuing controversial legislation or regulations during an election year, it creates a troubling outlook of what we can expect if President Obama wins a second term. The Washington Post lists some of these idling regulations “as cracking down on junk food at school bake sales, another banning children from dangerous...
  • Street-Sign Statism ... Mark Steyn

    08/01/2012 12:41:33 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 17 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 31 July 2012 | MArk Steyn
    I've spent the last few weeks tootling round various parts of Britain and Europe, and, as always, it takes me a couple of days to acclimatize to local driving norms. I quickly appreciate being on a country lane and able to see the country, as opposed to admiring rural America's unending procession of bend signs, pedestrian-approaching signs, stop signs, stop-sign-ahead signs, stop-sign-ahead-signs-ahead signs, pedestrian-approaching-a-stop-sign signs, designated-scenic-view-ahead signs, parking-restrictions-at-the-designated-scenic-view signs, etc. It takes me a little longer to get used to the idea that I'm free to pass other cars pretty much whenever I want to, as opposed to settling in...
  • Buckyballs toy company fights Nanny State: #SaveOurBalls

    07/30/2012 9:35:08 PM PDT · by RedCell · 46 replies
    twitchy.com ^ | 7/30/2012 | Twitchy Staff
    Buckyballs, the three-year-old innovative toy company that makes magnetic desk toys for adults, is in the fight of its life. The Obama administration’s Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed a lawsuit to stop the firm from selling its products and to issue a recall of its toys. Several retailers have yanked the magnets, despite the company’s clear warning that Buckyballs and Buckycubes are for adults — not children. Buckyballs executives have taken to social media and radio airwaves to save the company.
  • Triple Lutz Report--Mayor Nanny Bloomberg's Next Target-Baby Formula

    07/30/2012 1:44:12 PM PDT · by appeal2 · 4 replies
    www.FinancialSurvivalNetwork.com ^ | 07/30/2012 | Kerry Lutz
    Remember what I told you. First they came for your transfats. Then they came for your tobacco, then it was you double gulp drinks. Now they’re after new born babies. Nanny Bloomberg has done it again. And this is really about being a nanny, literally.New York’s hospitals now keep formula under lock and key so that they can force new mothers to do the right thing, which in their high and mighty opinion and remember they always know better than you, is breast feeding. Now we’re not going to discuss the relative merits of formula fed babies versus breast fed...
  • Where Were You in '62?

    07/28/2012 3:55:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 133 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2012 | Bill O'Reilly
    Fifty years ago, in the summer of 1962, America was a far different place from what it is today. President John Kennedy was presiding over Camelot, and despite fouling up the invasion of Cuba, his approval rating hovered at around 80 percent. Unemployment was 5.2 percent with the average family income at $6,000 a year. Most Americans did not have much money but made do. Millions bought Elvis Presley's record "Return to Sender" and went to see "Lawrence of Arabia" in movie theaters. At home, "Wagon Train" was the top TV show. Years later, the film "American Graffiti" featured the...
  • Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail -- for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

    07/27/2012 10:01:30 AM PDT · by rawhide · 69 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 7-26-12 | Kendra Alleyne
    – A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater. Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., says he plans to appeal his conviction in Jackson County (Ore.) Circuit Court on nine misdemeanor charges under a 1925 law for having what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property – and for filling the reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff. “The government is bullying,” Harrington told CNSNews.com in an interview Thursday. “They’ve just gotten to be big bullies...
  • Pro, con arguments on proposed NY sugary drink ban

    07/25/2012 8:54:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 24, 2012 | Samantha Gross
    NEW YORK (AP) — Medical professionals who favor a proposed ban on large-sized sugary drinks likened soda companies to Big Tobacco at a public hearing Tuesday, saying the plan would protect the public, while opponents accused the city of playing Big Brother and wondered what tasty but unhealthy foods might be targeted next. New York City's health board heard hours of testimony on a proposed rule that would limit soft-drink cup and bottle sizes at food service establishments to no larger than 16 ounces. Medical experts spared no rhetoric in hailing Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal as a way to protect...
  • Why Do Anti-Hunger and Anti-Obesity Initiatives Always Fall Short?

    07/24/2012 1:51:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    ScienceDaily,com ^ | July 23, 2012 | ScienceDaily
    ScienceDaily (July 23, 2012) — With widespread hunger continuing to haunt developing nations, and obesity fast becoming a global epidemic, any number of efforts on the parts of governments, scientists, non-profit organizations and the business world have taken aim at these twin nutrition-related crises. But all of these efforts have failed to make a large dent in the problems, and now an unusual international collaboration of researchers is explaining why. Publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers argue that while hunger and obesity are caused by a perfect storm of multiple factors acting in concert,...
  • One in 10 employers plans to drop health benefits, study finds

    07/24/2012 1:08:52 PM PDT · by kevcol · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 24, 2012 | Elise Viebeck
    About one in 10 employers plans to end workers' health insurance as the new healthcare law takes effect, according to a new study. The finding could bolster opponents of the law, who argue that its changes to the healthcare system will force workers out of insurance plans they like. Supporters of the law say most people will keep their current coverage. . . The study found that smaller firms were most likely to say they will drop coverage. Thirteen percent of companies with 50 to 100 workers said they would end policies within three years, compared with 2 percent of...
  • Mika Loves Nanny Mayor Mike, Calls Don’t Tread On Me-ers ‘Idiots’

    07/24/2012 8:55:01 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The way to Mika Brzezinski's heart is through her stomach. Or better put, through using the power of the state to limit what we can put into our stomachs. On Morning Joe today, Brzezinski declared her love for NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Why? Because of the Nanny-in-Chief's various food prohibitions, the latest being his limit on the size of soft drinks. Mika's view of those who support a "live free or die" libertarian view? "Idiots", she declared them. View the video here.
  • The Milk Wars: Should Milk Be Taken Off the School-Lunch Menu?

    07/24/2012 6:40:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    Time.com ^ | July 20, 2012 | Alexandra Sifferlin
    (Updated) The war on milk has shifted fronts. First it was sugar-laden chocolate milk, which parents and school administrators battled in recent years to remove from school-lunch menus. Now, it’s plain old moo that’s under fire. On Thursday, a national doctors group petitioned the U.S. government to remove milk as a required food group from the National School Lunch Program, the federally assisted program that has provided lunch to millions of public school kids since 1946. The doctors’ reasoning: milk doesn’t help protect kids’ bones. The promotion of milk to help build strong bones in kids is, “in effect, the...
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro: Congress Should Consider Federal Tax on Soda Pop

    07/22/2012 4:55:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | July 20, 2012 | Kendra Alleyne
    (CNSNews.com) – Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said on Wednesday that Congress ought to look at imposing a federal tax on soda pop. “We have to address the situation in the marketplace," DeLauro said at a press conference on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. "Right now, the least expensive beverages are often those with the least value to our health like regular cola or juice drinks that are only 10 percent juice. “But I will tell you that if you’re paying $3.49 for juice and 79 cents for soda, if you are in a low-income family and you have...
  • U.S. Citizens Detained for Smuggling…Chocolate Eggs

    07/21/2012 11:56:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Political Outcast ^ | July 21, 2012 | Michael Minkoff
    Justice prevails: two Seattle men were detained for a few hours by U.S. Customs when they tried to smuggle …chocolate… into the United States. That’s right. These menaces to society were trying to bring [gasp] Kinder Eggs into our fair country. Everyone knows those particular treats have little choking hazards inside them: choking hazards disguised as toys! How diabolical. And the worst part is, these confectionary terrorists were going to give these chocolates to… their… kids. It’s a good thing Nanny Guvment is there to save us from ourselves. Otherwise, who knows what terrible things we would do. We might...
  • Global Action Must Be Taken To Stop Physical Inactivity

    07/20/2012 6:33:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | July 19, 2012 | Sarah Glynn
    The fifth and final paper in The Lancet Series on physical inactivity explained that because of the global reach, high prevalence, and colossal harms of inactivity, it should be considered pandemic. Harold W. Kohl, III, leading author and from the University of Texas Health School of Public Health, said:
  • Will the Government Pass Laws Requiring Exercise?

    07/20/2012 6:12:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | July 20, 2012 | Gary DeMar
    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg loves us. He wants us to be healthy. So he’s taken it upon himself to pass laws to stop people from eating too much salt, trans fats, and big sugary drinks. He believes these new laws will make a difference. Of course, they might, but so will passing a law that requires everybody to eat only 1800 calories per day. When Mayor Bloomberg gets a hold of the new exercise study, there’s no telling what new laws will be passed. According to the medical journal The Lancelot, “a third of the world’s adults are physically...
  • SF Considers Strict Outdoor Smoking Ban – Except For Medical Pot

    07/20/2012 5:22:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | July 19, 2012 | Barbara Taylor
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Smoking anything other than medically-prescribed marijuana at San Francisco street fairs, festivals and other outdoor events held on city property would be banned under new legislation before the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Eric Mar said he introduced the proposal because of the health impacts of secondhand smoke when people light up in public. “It’s widely known that secondhand smoke is responsible for as many as 73,000 deaths among non-smokers each year in the United States, and there is no safe level of exposure,” he said.
  • New NYC Beach with Nanny Police-Statism in Action

    07/20/2012 4:13:40 PM PDT · by varyouga · 9 replies
    7/20/2012 | me
    Hello FRiends I visited Cedar Grove Beach in the Staten Island borough of NYC a few weekends ago and saw this ridiculous display of police-statism. There are 3 lifeguards and a NYC parks ‘ranger’ with a dedicated ATV at all times. The beach is open 10-6 and is chained after hours with multiple cameras. Keep in mind this beach is maybe 500ft long and maximum number of people I saw on the beach was maybe 10. This was a 90+ degree sunny weekend day. Also, to add insult to injury, this was a private bungalow beach village until last year....
  • Bloomberg Urges Obama, Romney, on Gun Control in Wake of Aurora Shooting

    07/20/2012 9:49:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 20 Jul 2012 09:38 AM | David A. Patten
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an ardent gun-control advocate, immediately jumped on the Aurora, Colo., shooting spree to demand the presidential candidates “tell us what they’re going to do about” such mass shootings. Bloomberg’s remarks came during an interview on WOR News Talk Radio 710 in New York. “Soothing words are nice,” said Bloomberg. “But maybe it’s time the two people who want to be president of the United States stand up and tell us what they’re going to do about it, because this is obviously a problem across the country. And everybody always says, Isn’t it tragic?” …
  • Not the Nanny State — the BULLY State

    07/17/2012 5:13:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    NetRightDaily.com ^ | July 17, 2012 | David Bozeman
    By David Bozeman “Higher taxes have discouraged public consumption of whiskey and tobacco. Now it’s sugar’s turn.” — Lead editorial, AARP Bulletin, June 2012 It is time we started calling liberal Democratic policymakers what they are. We all too frequently lament the ever-reaching ‘nanny state,’ but that term violates a cherished cultural staple — nannies are Mary Poppins or such maternal substitutes as the TV character played by Fran Drescher. Statists are not nannies, they are bullies. Consider the following: Deval Patrick (D), current Massachusetts governor, recently defended Obamacare in a conference call with reporters, referring to the law not...